EAST HANOVER, NJ – A 74-year-old East Hanover shot his wife to death on Thursday, according to authorities.

The man, Alexander Jacobs, of Selmar Terrace, faces charges of first-degree murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and fourth-degree possession of prohibited devices, said the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in a statement.

Jacobs is accused of using a handgun to kill his wife, Lilia Jacobs, during a domestic dispute that took place at about 2 p.m., said Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Acting Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker and East Hanover Police Chief Christopher Cannizzo.

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They said police were called to the scene by the Jacobs’ daughter, who was outside the residence when police arrived. “The caller indicated to police that her parents were involved in a domestic incident involving a gun inside the residence,” said the authorities. 

Jacobs was taken into custody inside the home and the weapon he is believed to have used was recovered, police said. An autopsy of the victim’s body is pending with the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office, they noted.

Jacobs was placed in the Morris County jail, pending a court appearance, authorities said.

Members of the East Hanover Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Scene Investigations Unit and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit all took part in this investigation.    

Authorities area asking anyone with information about the case to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200 or the East Hanover Township Police Department at 973-887-0432.